Home Surveillance Cameras: What Features Do I Need?



Security cameras have come a long way. These days, there are numerous camera options available to serve just about any home setting. You can even purchase cameras you can fit inside smoke detectors or place in other discreet areas, enabling you to hide them from view.

While there are many types of devices, choosing the best cameras for your surveillance applications requires making an initial assessment to determine whether you need it for indoor or outdoor use. From there, you’ll need to focus on the most appropriate features for your security environment:

  • Night vision – Obviously, if you are purchasing an outdoor camera, you’ll need cameras that offer clear nighttime vision of the most vulnerable areas of your home and property. Cameras are available that can function in low-light or even no-light environments.
  • Field of vision – Field of vision is a key factor for both indoor and outdoor cameras — how wide of an angle must the camera provide to ensure a full view of the area? Generally, outdoor cameras need to cover a larger viewing area and offer a wider angle than indoor cameras.
  • Range of motion – Do you need the camera to remain fixed on a specific area or object, or should it provide flexibility to change the view? You can purchase cameras that pan or tilt, or stationary devices that do not move.
  • Resolution – Resolution refers to the clarity of the image provided by the camera. Today, you can purchase high-definition cameras that enable you to see the smallest details, even when the viewing conditions are not ideal.
  • Motion detection – You can purchase a camera with motion detection functionality that will notify you the instant a person, animal or object enters its field of vision.
  • Wireless connectivity – Wireless devices are typically the best cameras for security if you require maximum placement flexibility. The absence of wires or cables makes it easier to install the cameras exactly where you need them, and you won’t have to worry about intruders disabling your cameras by cutting the wires.
  • Recording capabilities – Cameras that can capture and record video images enable you to go back and review past events at any time. This can also assist law enforcement in their efforts to apprehend and convict an intruder.
  • Remote functionality – Do you worry about what might be happening in and around your home when you’re not there? Cameras equipped with “smart” technology allow you to use your Web-enabled computer, smartphone or tablet to view live or recorded feeds while you’re at work, running errands or away on vacation.
  • Cost – Of course, you will need to select an affordable camera that meets your security requirements and fits your budget.

Titan Alarm Can Help You Select the Right Home Surveillance Cameras for Your Needs and Budget

If you own a home in Phoenix or Tucson, AZ, Titan Alarm can design a customized security system that includes high-quality surveillance cameras. Contact us to schedule a free in-home security consultation today.

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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.